Transplants vs. Dialysis

So someone has gone and started the process of getting a kidney transplant. One thing that annoys me is the social worker at the dialysis clinic. The process has been initiated with Emory. But the social worker gives him info on a transplant center in Norfolk VA. Says different clinics have different lengths of time to transplant.

Now he was FedEx a packet of information from Emory. I read through it. First thing i noted 3 to 5 years of wait time for a kidney to become available. Plus the immunosuppresant drugs for the rest of his life.

So he goes for the first appointment. Nurse practitioner says 8 years. And get this then he brings up Norfolk. I knew that because of HIPPA they can’t without a killer amount of permission forms etc..

But the n.p. mentioned he’d have to go to Norfolk and start the process all over again. Then she started with the risks of disease and cancer. I mentioned toxoplasmosis which they don’t test for. It’s a nasty parasite. And can in fact be b transmitted via transplant. But when he got home i discussed the drugs he takes for dialysis and then those he’d have to take with transplant. Also before the 8 years we might see perhaps 3d printing of organs using his own cells. Or he may even get a porcine donor. Of those two I’d prefer the printed organ. Your own cells, no immunosuppressants either. Imagine.

It’s like when i had emy root canal. I asked the endodontist why we couldn’t regenerate the tooth. She told me that n they’d done that when she was in school. 25 years ago

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